On October 26th, Net Impact took a tour of the new Cyberinfrastructure building on campus! The CIB is the most environmentally-friendly building on campus with goals of reducing energy use by 28% and water use by 40% in order to reduce the university's carbon footprint.
The building itself has many features that encourage sustainability. Out in the parking lot, there are preferred parking spots for carpoolers and fuel-efficient vehicles. Gutters on the rooftop transport water to the gardens around the building. The roof also features solar water panels that heat all of the water for the kitchens and bathrooms. Automatic faucets and pint urinals also help the building reduce water by 40%. The University also saved the chiller unit from the previous IT building in order to save on costs. And as you can see in the pictures above, the building has a cool look with tons of windows for lighting.